Stockholm Cathedral, Stockholm

Stockholm Cathedral, Stockholm (must see)

Stockholm Cathedral (Stockholms domkyrka), also known as "The Great Church" (Storkyrkan) or the Church of Saint Nicholas (Sankt Nikolai kyrka), is the oldest temple in Stockholm. Centrally located at the highest point of Old Town (Gamla stan), it's wedged between the Stock Exchange Building and Stockholm Palace. An "irreplaceable" part of the cityscape of Stockholm, the cathedral represents a key component of a unified Baroque architectural ensemble.

Consecrated in 1306, its origins trace back to the 13th century. The church retains a late medieval hall interior, while its exterior showcases Baroque modifications from the 18th century. Serving as a pivotal site during the Reformation, it hosted the first Mass held in the Swedish language. Since 1942, it has been the seat of the Bishop of Stockholm.

Historically tied to the Swedish royal family, the cathedral was the city's sole parish church and has been the venue for royal coronations and significant ceremonies, including Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010. It also continues to host national events and memorials, such as the funeral of Astrid Lindgren (the Swedish author best known for her children's book series, featuring Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof). Inside, the church contains several important works of art including a medieval Saint George and the Dragon sculpture and a painting, depicting one of the earliest images of Stockholm (Vädersolstavlan).

The surrounding area features courtyards and historical statues, including depictions of Reason and Divine Love, and figures symbolizing Caution and Hope. A statue of Olaus Petri, a Swedish reformer, adds historical context, situated near the church's east facade. In the pavement, next to it there are also lines marking the former extent of a church choir, demolished during the reign of King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Architecturally interesting, culturally enriching, and very peaceful.

Tip:
Check for free organ recitals (usually at noon) and other events.
Make sure to pick up a brochure as it is very helpful in explaining several main focuses within the cathedral.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Stockholm Cathedral
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Religious
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